THE Leader of the South Devon Alliance of councillors was one of the delegates at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, at the All Party Committee Group that is charged with looking after Heritage High Streets and Town Centres.
Cllr Richard Daws said: ‘I’ll be there in representing the experiences I have had in creating live entertainment venues and community cultural hubs that have been the catalysts for cultural regenerations of the towns and cities they operate in.
‘I’ve owned and run the Komedia venues in Brighton and Bath for the last two decades. Both of which were set up in disused buildings, one being a former grade 2 listed cinema, both are now thriving multi use venues that have become key cultural and community assets in their respective cities.’
The South Devon Alliance councillors campaigned against the Teignbridge District Council plans for the Alexandra Theatre and Market Hall in Newton Abbot.
Cllr Daws said: ‘I chose to work with the cultural groups in Teignbridge and we have created The Alexandra Theatre Newton Abbot Community Benefit Society which has out forward ambitious plans to regenerate the theatre and gained development funding from The Architectural Heritage Fund.
‘Unlike TDC, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies recognise my experience of town centre regeneration venue operations enough to invite me along to Parliament tomorrow.’